Former Nigerian First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan has been fighting several battles with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) for what seems to be ages since her husband lost his Presidential bid for a second term. In events that occured throughout the year, not only was the former first lady’s accounts freezed by the commission, her close friends and associates also had to dance to the tune.
In a recent development Patience has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), of targeting her family for a witch hunt and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene.
A statement issued by her media aide, Mr Belema Meshack-Hart, on Monday in Abuja, quoted Mrs. Jonathan as saying that the EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, was “prosecuting a plot to destroy my family”.
“Magu’s vindictive disposition towards my family is portraying the organisation as an agency for revenge,” it further quoted her as saying.
She accused the EFCC of “unjustified witch hunt”, saying that no other former first lady had faced “such brazen intimidation in the history of this country”.
“For almost three years, the EFCC has beamed its searchlight on me and my family members, including my siblings and parents, as well as my Foundation and Non-Governmental Organisation.
“As a tradition, every First Lady in this country has had one pet project or the other, with which they sought to intervene in the lives of the less privileged.
“Mrs. Jonathan started her NGO in Bayelsa State 11 years ago, when her husband was the Governor of that State.
“With it, she has, over the years, touched the lives of many Nigerians indifferent ways.
“It is surprising that while other First ladies and their pet projects were left alone, it is only her activities and
that of her NGOs that are being subjected to indefinite probe and microscopic scrutiny.
“In a method that clearly bears out the axiom of giving a dog a bad name in order to hang it, the EFCC has maliciously linked Mrs. Jonathan to all kinds of fake possessions and properties around the country.
“It has come to a point where all the magnificent edifices in Abuja, Yenagoa or Port Harcourt are presented
to the media as belonging to Mrs. Patience Jonathan. She has been accused of owning several plots of land in many cities across the country, including places she has never visited.
“The most astonishing of all is that her close relatives are being victimized and their personal properties are being investigated,” the statement stated.
It urged Buhari to intervene on the matter to ensure justice for the former first family and also ensure that the EFCC’s actions were not interpreted as part of a larger plot to disgrace his (Buhari)’s predecessor.